|Hualapai Walk for the Sacred Opposing Lithium Mine|
Navajo Government Joining Australian Company to Devastate Hualapai Sacred Land for Lithium Mine
By Brenda Norrell
The Navajo Nation's "energy transition office" plans to operate the lithium mine that will devastate Hualapai's sacred spring used for healing since time immemorial. In a deal with the Australian company, Vern Lund, the CEO of the Navajo office in Farmington, N.M., would join the lithium company's board.
Arizona Lithium, a subsidiary of Hawkstone Mining in Australia, said that the Navajo Transitional Energy Company will take over the operational development of Big Sandy, managing everything from permitting requirements to a definitive feasibility study and mine construction, under the terms of the deal.
Hualapai said carving an open pit mine into the earth would devastate the aquifer that feeds Ha’Kamwe, a sacred spring that the Hualapai people have used medicinally since time immemorial.It is the latest horrific greenwashing which promotes electric vehicles, without considering the cost to Paiute, Quechan, and Hualapai, whose land will be poisoned and scarred, and water depleted and poisoned, by lithium mines in Nevada, southern California and Arizona. The targeted area for a lithium mine in northern Nevada is a Pauite Massacre site.
Lithium has become the new gold of the greedy, with the push for electric vehicles, in a global spasm of greenwashing.
The Navajo Transitional Energy Company's CEO Vern Lund would be appointed to Arizona Lithium’s board if a definitive agreement is signed.
"By meeting certain mining development milestones at Big Sandy, NTEC could also become a substantial shareholder in Arizona Lithium," the Australian company said.
Arizona Mining reports, "A definitive agreement between the firms would allow NTEC to receive a cash remuneration or Arizona Lithium shares and options to purchase additional ordinary shares by meeting certain milestones in the project development."
Hualapai, on the walk for the sacred to protect the area, said the exploratory drilling for the project would disturb cultural sites, desert habitat, and the aquifer that feeds Ha’Kamwe, a sacred spring that the Hualapai people have used medicinally since time immemorial.
"A future operational mine, described vaguely and inconsistently in presentations by Hawkstone Mining but eagerly promised to investors on their website, would carve a large open-pit mine into the earth, produce sulfuric acid to extract lithium from unearthed clay, and leave behind toxic acidic tailings (mining waste)," Hualapai said protecting the sacred.
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More than 1,700 environmental activists have been killed trying to protect their land and resources over the past decade, according to a report by the international NGO Global Witness.
In 2021 alone, more than 200 environmental and land-defense activists were killed around the world including 54 in Mexico, the deadliest country for environmentalists, Al-Jazeera reports.
The Navajo government continues to defile the earth with coal mining. While coal-fired electricity is produced primarily for distant cities, many Dine' live without running water and electricity and suffer from poisoned water and air from the coal and power plant industry.
|Navajo Transitional Energy Company, located in the border town of Farmington, N.M.|
The Texas Mineral Resources Corp. mines rare earth minerals for U.S. military killing machines. Besides mining for electric vehicles, it produced "rare earths used in each F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet, assembled by Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth Texas," its website states."
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